Verstappen fastest in third practice, Sainz crashed

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Verstappen fastest in third practice, Sainz crashed

Max Verstappen drove a convincingly best time in his third free practice for the Dutch Grand Prix where he was more than half a second faster than Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes, and Carlos Sainz smashed his Ferrari and caused a training stoppage.

Alonso led with the best time for Alpine (1: 11.705), 0.063 seconds ahead of Leclerc, Perez, and Norris, and Sainz crashed in the third corner and caused a training break after 20 minutes that lasted ten minutes until his Ferrari SF21 was removed from the track.

In his first fast lap after a break on medium tires, Verstappen drove the fastest lap (1: 11.225), but Bottas on the soft soon ruined his best time in 0.008 s. The Dutchman then found another half-second on the same set of tires and drove a lap of 1: 10,702, and Alonso on a soft drive 1: 10,670, a tenth faster than Norris who drove his fast lap on a soft a few seconds later than Alonso.

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Ocon then drove his fast lap on the soft and was half a second slower than teammate Alonso, and Norris had a short crash in the tenth turn after late braking and loss of the rear end. Bottas drove the new best time 1: 10.179 12 minutes before the end, and Hamilton immediately after that drove 1: 10.417 with the best time in the second sector and three tenths slower time in the first sector.

Then Verstappen came out on soft tires and drove a fantastic lap with the top three sectors and became the first driver to drop below 1:10 (1: 09.623) by more than half a second ahead of Bottas. Verstappen remained the fastest ahead of Bottas and Hamilton, and Perez was the fourth fastest with a big nine-tenths behind his team-mate while Alonso was the fastest of the middle-ranked drivers in fifth place.

Norris was a tenth slower than Alonso in sixth place for McLaren ahead of Aston drivers Martin Stroll and Vettel, and Leclerc was only ninth for Ferrari after the fastest time in second practice. Gasly finished tenth fastest for AlphaTauri, 0.008 s ahead of Ricciardo in McLaren while Latifi in 12th place was again faster than Russell (14th place).

Ocon split the Williams drivers in 13th place for Alpine, and Giovinazzi was 15th fastest for Alfa Romeo. After the collision, Sainz finished only 16th fastest on medium tires ahead of Tsunoda in AlphaTauri, Mazepin in Haas, Kubica in Alfa Romeo replacing Raikkonen who tested positive for COVID-19 while Schumacher was last. Verstappen looks great for now and we'll see what happens next